Premiere Ford has asked Ottawa to suspend the arrival of global students in an attempt to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Ford was on a conference call with Prime Minister Trudeau and other premiers last night, where he says he pleaded with Trudeau to do more at the nation's airports, including mandatory pre-departure testing for those flying into Ontario from other provinces.
A spokeswoman for the premier noted that the province has not made a formal request regarding global students, but said the federal government must take further action to prevent more contagious variants of COVID-19 from entering the country.
"Ford has unabatingly blamed the COVID-19 pandemic's third wave on what he calls" porous borders".
Ontario's Health Minister and Solicitor General are asking for mandatory three day hotel quarantines for all travellers at high traffic Canada-US border crossings, including Niagara.
Trudeau says there are already tight controls at land borders, including tests before and after crossing and mandatory two-week quarantines.
"We know that importation through the borders is extremely low in terms of [COVID-19] cases in the country".
These measures don't apply to travellers coming into Canada by land over the USA border. This includes dozens of individuals who crossed between April 24, and April 26, 2021, after travelling from countries where direct flights to Canada are now banned.
Iain Stewart, the president of the Public Health Agency of Canada, said 1,700 worldwide air passengers have now tested positive for a variant of interest or a variant of concern while at a quarantine hotel.
They must also present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. These travellers are also required to undergo another COVID-19 test eight days after crossing the land border.
The third wave of the pandemic is driven mainly by community transmission, Trudeau added.
When asked by reporters on Thursday whether the government's program would be enough to lead to the best case scenario of less than 1,000 daily COVID-19 cases, Ontario Science Table Co-Chair Dr. Adalsteinn Brown replied simply by saying "No". "I can tell you that", Ford said during his press conference. The HKPR have shown that here in Northumberland we had just 1 new Covid-19 case today while Kawartha Lakes 6 and Haliburton had 1 case.
Health officials said there were 295 new COVID-19 cases and one death related to the virus.
Later Friday, Ontario's Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission was to submit its final report to the provincial government. "And they got in because of weak border measures".